YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD 2240 ALBANY AVENUE WEST HARTFORD, CT 06117 860-233-3084

Web Site: www.youngisraelwh.org

SHABBAT PARAH PARSHAT SHMINI
March 26, 2011 20 Adar II 5771 Kiddush this Shabbat Is sponsored by The Shul

Rabbi’s Corner

YOUNG ISRAEL OF WEST HARTFORD

Purim was so wonderful this year. Thanks to everyone who made it special. A special thanks to Rabbi Weiss for leyning the megillah for us FOUR ‫מזל טוב‬ times over Purim. This is in addition to the leyning ‫ מזל טוב‬to Rachel Luger on her engagement to that he did Shabbat morning including an extra Dave Levi, of Woodmere. ‫ מזל טוב‬to her happy reading of Zachor, Shabbat afternoon, and Purim parents Debbie & Steven; to her sisters, Rena & morning. It is no easy task and we really appreciate Judith; to her brother-in-law Eli Aroesty-Cohen; to all his efforts! Also, thank you so much to Steven her aunts, uncles, and cousins, niece & nephews; Bernstein for being on the joint committee that and ‫ מזל טוב‬to Florence and Menashe Levi! planned the community Purim Seudah at Agudas ‫מזל טוב‬ Achim. A good time was had by all. Steven put in lots of hard work and made sure that our shul was a ‫ מזל טוב‬to Davida & Elly Rutstein on the birth of Mayan Devora! ‫ מזל טוב‬to proud grandparents part of the event. Evelyn & Stan Rutstein, and Marcie & Michael Thanks to the Pava’s for hosting an amazing Langbaum; ‫ מזל טוב‬to Aunts, uncles, & cousins, wine tasting event this week. It was packed with Rochel , Avi, Chana & Eliyahu Rosenholtz; Tzirel, people and we tasted so many different wines. It Yaakov, Tehilla Bracha & Rena Fraida Rutstein. was a fun event and a great way to make Pesach May she grow L'Torah, L'Chupah, u'L'Maasim Tovim! preparation/shopping just a little more fun…! You ‫מזל טוב‬ still have time to place your orders with Steven Lu‫ מזל טוב‬to Rena & Elliot Einbinder on the birth of ger, Lenny Margulis, and Gene Wittenberg. Forms are available in the lobby or on the website. Our Tova Bena! ‫ מזל טוב‬to proud grandparents Helen & Les Loew; Proud great-grandmother Margot shul gets 20% of every purchase and there is no tax. Jeremias; to siblings Tzipora & Meira; and aunts, It’s a great deal and they have SO many interesting Uncles, & cousins, Rabbi Daniel, Chanie, Nachi, wines. We have made a lot of money so far but can Moshe, Avi , Yitzy & Atarah Loew; and do so much better. Order for the next few months Aviva ,Shalom, Ella, Elan & Tamar Shoshana Kovacs ! – it won’t go bad! May she grow L'Torah, L'Chupah, u'L'Maasim Tovim! I will be away this week from Sunday evening until Wednesday evening. As you have read a ‫מזל טוב‬ few times before, I am part of a fellowship through ‫ מזל טוב‬to Lorie & Mark Zackin on Ari’s Bar YU called the Legacy Heritage Distinguished RabMitzvah! ‫ מזל טוב‬to sister Eliana; proud binic Fellowship which meets in Edison, NJ. A grandparents Aaron & Sylvia Cheerman, and group of about 20 rabbis gather twice a year to Arnie & Ruth Zackin. study with Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter and be en‫צאתכ לשלו‬ riched by his scholarship. Rabbi Schacter and I are ‫ צאתכ לשלו‬to Rabbi Mordechai Weiss and the close and it is always an exciting time for me to HAGH 8th grade class who are leaving on Sunday learn from him as well as from my colleagues. for their trip to Israel; and from YIWH, Danielle These conferences are also great in terms of sharDulberg, Segev Kanik and Miriam Young. ing experiences and getting feedback from other rabbis in the field and also for networking. I will be
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Editor: Judie Patel E-mail: bulletin @youngisraelwh.org Editors Emeritus: Sam Leichtberg & Moish Trencher Web Site: www.YoungIsraelWH.org Rabbi Brahm Weinberg 860-233-3084 or rabbi@youngisraelwh.org Judith Hessing, Coordinator 860-233-6042 or judith.hessing@gmail.com

Affiliate of the National Council of Young Israel Synagogues, Member of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Sponsor of West Hartford NCSY, National Conference of Synagogue Youth, Kashrut Commission of Greater Hartford, Mikveh Bess Israel of Greater Hartford, Eruv of West Hartford

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THIS IS A BUSY TIME WITH PESACH AROUND THE CORNER THE DEADLINES AND CONTACTS FOR DIFFERENT SALES AND EVENTS ARE LISTED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE PESACH WINE SALE FROM SKYVIEW WINE AND SPIRITS OF RIVERDALE (20% to YIWH) DEADLINE: MARCH 30TH CONTACT: STEVEN LUGER swluger2@yahoo.com DEADLINE: APRIL 1ST PESACH CABOT CHEESE SALE CONTACT: BATSHEVA GOLDFISHCER batshevagold@gmail.com

PESACH SHMURA MATZOH SALE DEADLINE: ORDERS PREPAID BY APRIL 7TH CONTACT: STEVEN LUGER swluger2@yahoo.com ANY QUESTIONS WRITE OR CALL THE INDIVIDUAL CONTACT PERSON YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED! SAVE THE DATES UPCOMING YIWH & COMMUNITY EVENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LADIES NIGHT AT HHNE Monday, March 28th From 6:00 - 8:00 PM
This AMAZING women-only event features: • Girls’ choir performance • Girls’ hip-hop performance • Vendors including: Pampered Chef, The Mad Hatter, Deborah Levine, Leora Hessing, and Negev Sun • Clothing swap ~ BROADWAY - THEMED DINNER
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE HARTFORD WOMEN’S SHELTER

Jason Wolfe & Vera Schwarcz Refuah Shleimah to Jean Chameides
WELCOME TO WEST HARTFORD SHABBAT LUNCHEON Reservations for the Luncheon are closed. We were able to come up with a creative solution to our wonderful "problem" of having too many people. We are encouraging all children over the age of 3 to eat lunch after "Ein kelokeynu". It will be plated, ready and waiting for them when they come downstairs. additionally, the rabbi will be speaking after davening that morning to allow more time for the kids to eat and for us to reset the table. Afterward, we are having babysitters watching the children upstairs, and, hopefully, outside, to allow the adults more space and a worry-free lunch experience. BUY SCRIP! BUY SCRIP! BIG Y SCRIP & SHOP RITE SCRIP AVAILABLE NOW! Don’t forget Crown & Stop & Shop too! Let's support our Shul by buying scrip! Every dollar counts! Contact: Judith Hessing (860-233-6042) at 18 Grenhart Street AMAZON.COM When ordering online, try to buy from Amazon through the YIWH website. It is another painless way for the Shul to make money! SODA BOTTLE COLLECTION Eliza Katz is collecting bottles, cans, and glass to raise money for the Rabbi’s Fund. A good time to clean out your bottles before Pesach! Please bring empties to her address: 24 Miamis Road; 860-680-9847

ELISHA ROSENSWEIG’S CLASS TUESDAY, March 29th at 8:00 PM We are studying the Book of Daniel at the home of Judy Brenner, 103 Steele Road HHNE SPRING HAT SHOW MONDAY, April 4th at 6:00 PM At the home of Fran Wittenberg, 36 Whetton Road HHNE COOKBOOK On sale now at HHNE Office for $20.00 Or from Karen Benjamin 860-232-1471 Proceeds benefit the new kitchen
UPCOMING PESACH CLASSES

Wednesday, April 6th at 8:00PM “Navigating Your Way Through Pesach Preparations” Repeated on Shabbat Afternoon, April 9th at 5:45PM Monday, April 11th at 8:00PM “Insights into the Haggadah” Shabbat Afternoon, April 16th at 5:45 PM Shabbat HaGadol Drasha

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Dvar Torah of the Week - By Rabbi David Silverberg - www.vbm-torah.org In Parashat Shemini the Torah introduces a prohibition forbidding the kohanim from entering the Mikdash in a state of intoxication. The Torah speaks in this context of "yayin ve-sheikhar" (10:9), which is generally translated as "wine and other intoxicating beverages." Rashi, however, interprets this phrase to mean "wine [drunk] in an intoxicating manner" ("yayin derekh shikhruto"). As the Ramban and Chizkuni explain, Rashi understands the word sheikhar in this phrase not as including other intoxicating beverages under this prohibition, but rather as qualifying the prohibition. Namely, it applies only if one drank a quantity and in a manner that could cause intoxication. If a kohen drank less than this quantity, or if he drank sporadically, such that he is not inebriated, he may enter the Sanctuary and perform the avoda (service). It thus emerges that according to Rashi, a kohen is forbidden to enter the Mikdash only after drinking wine, but not after drinking other beverages. Since the term ve-sheikhar comes to qualify the prohibition against wine, rather than to expand the scope of the prohibition to include other beverages, the prohibition relates specifically to intoxication obtained through drinking wine. This is the position taken by the Ramban, as well. The Rambam, however, in Hilkhot Bi'at Mikdash (1:2), accepts the straightforward reading of this phrase, whereby it refers to both wine and other inebriating agents. In his view, a kohen who drinks any intoxicating beverage may not enter the Mikdash during his state of inebriation. Already the Tur, in his Torah commentary (Peirush Ha-Tur), raises the question as to why Rashi and the Ramban would distinguish between wine and other alcoholic drinks in this regard. If the Torah forbids kohanim from entering the Sanctuary under intoxication, what difference does it make whether they had drunk wine or other drinks? Rav Yaakov Kopel Schwartz, in his work Yekev Efrayim (New York, 5761), suggested that the Ramban (and Rashi) adopted an entirely different approach in understanding the nature of this prohibition. The Ramban writes, "The reason for this command at this point is so that the kohen will not err in his drunkenness from wine and come upon an improper thought and die as a result, just as his [Aharon's] sons did." Given the severity of even a slight infraction regarding the service in the Mikdash, the Torah forbade performing the service after drinking wine, which might result in misjudgment. Rav Schwartz suggests that the concern here relates not to the actual state of intoxication – in which the kohen is incapable of thinking properly at all – but rather to the general frame of mind that often accompanies gluttonous drinking. Wine not only intoxicates; it also brings upon a mood of levity and a carefree feeling that could easily result in laxity with regard to the strict responsibilities of the avoda. The Torah therefore restricted this prohibition to wine, which was generally drunk more liberally and was thus more likely to lead to excess and overindulgence. More so than other beverages, drinking wine posed the risk of causing the kohen to feel overconfident and too relaxed as he entered the Mikdash, which might result in a similar mistake to that committed by Aharon's sons.
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available by email or cell phone but please be patient for my response as I will be in sessions most of the day and night. I would like to wish Rabbi Weiss and the 8th graders from Hebrew Academy a safe and meaningful trip to Israel. I am proud that our school makes experiencing Israel such a high priority. We are ONE WEEK AWAY from our SHABBATON!!! This is SO exciting. We have TEN families signed up to join us for that Shabbat. Please make every effort to be in shul for davening. If you have kids that live away, invite them to come home and speak about the great aspects of growing up in West Hartford. I am happy to see that the lunch in shul is filled to capacity. Please try to come to our Saturday night event and to mingle with our guests in shul. Shabbat Shalom!

YIWH Schedule of Services March 25th - April 1st, 2011 Shabbat Mevorchim Para Parshat Shmini

IT IS EASY TO SPONSOR A KIDDUSH OR SEUDAH SHLISHIT

FRIDAY, March 25th Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv SHA A, March 26th Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna rura Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Mincha Followed by Seudah Shlishit Shabbat Ends & Maariv SUNDAY, March 27th - THURSDAY, March 31st Earliest allit & efillin Shacharit...Sunday Shacharit...Monday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH FRIDAY, April 1st Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv

6:45 a.m. 6:49 p.m. 6:54 p.m.

8:00 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:51 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 6:35 p.m. 7:51 p.m.

5:53 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 6:55 p.m.

Shul handles set up & Clean up! Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178 or judiep@gmail.com to check the availability of the date you need & call Fran Wittenberg 860-232-2320 to make the arrangements for the type of Kiddush you want to sponsor. Checks need to be received the Sunday prior to your Kiddush date. Send to David Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue. There are three types of Kiddushim: Standard for $150, Semi-Deluxe for $250 & Deluxe for $350 With supplements available. For Seudah Shlishit contact Stan Rutstein at 232-3369 KIDDUSH SCHEDULE

6:45 a.m. 6:57 p.m. 7:02 p.m.

Check out the weekly Schedule on the YIWH Website http://go.youngisraelwh.org/timesTimes from: www.ou.org/holidays/calendar For Eruv Information: twitter.com/WHartfordEruv or go.youngisraelwh.org/eruv (Hotline - 860-232-6417)

Ner La’Maor Lights Judy & Sam Leichtberg and Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their parents and grandparents, Israel Weiss ‫ישראל ב דוד‬ Frida Weiss ‫טויבא פרידה בת עזרא‬ ‫אברה ב שמואל‬ Abraham Leichtberg Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Betty & Irving Wizenfeld in memory of Betty’s Parents, Tobias & Esther Spira
‫טוביה ב צבי אלימל‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכה‬ Irv ‘s father, Sam Wizenfeld ‫שמואל מאיר ב יצחק הכה‬

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Fran & Gene Wittenberg in memory of Fran’s father, œvi ben Yitœcha Meir HaCohen
‫צבי ב יצחק מאיר הכה‬

& Gene’s father, inyamin ben Moshe
‫בנימי ב משה‬

Kiddush Supplement Jeremy & Ann Pava In memory of Ann’s father, Harvey Baidack
‫צבי הרשל יעקב‬

Seudah Shlishit Supplement In Memory of Al Weisel 5770 Candy Man: Gil Fried

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YIWH Schedule of Services April 1st - 8th, 2011 Shabbat HaChodesh Parshat aœria

IT IS EASY TO SPONSOR A KIDDUSH OR SEUDAH SHLISHIT

FRIDAY, April 1st Shacharit Candle Lighting Mincha/Maariv SHA A, April 2nd - WELCOME TO WEST HARTFORD Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna rura Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Mincha Followed by Seudah Shlishit Shabbat Ends & Maariv SUNDAY, April 3rd - THURSDAY, April 7th Earliest allit & efillin Shacharit...Sunday Shacharit...Monday, Wednesday & Thursday Shacharit...Tuesday ~ Rosh Chodesh Nisan Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH FRIDAY, April 8th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting

6:45 a.m. 6:57 p.m. 7:02 p.m.

8:00a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:44 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 6:45 p.m. 7:58 p.m.

5:41 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 6:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Shul handles set up & Clean up! Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178 or judiep@gmail.com to check the availability of the date you need & call Fran Wittenberg 860-232-2320 to make the arrangements for the type of Kiddush you want to sponsor. Checks need to be received the Sunday prior to your Kiddush date. Send to David Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue. There are three types of Kiddushim: Standard for $150, Semi-Deluxe for $250 & Deluxe for $350 With supplements available. For Seudah Shlishit contact Stan Rutstein at 232-3369 KIDDUSH SCHEDULE

6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:05 p.m.

Check out the weekly Schedule on the YIWH Website http://go.youngisraelwh.org/timesTimes from: www.ou.org/holidays/calendar For Eruv Information: twitter.com/WHartfordEruv or go.youngisraelwh.org/eruv (Hotline - 860-232-6417)

Ner La’Maor Lights Judy & Sam Leichtberg and Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their parents and grandparents, ‫ישראל ב דוד‬ Israel Weiss Frida Weiss ‫טויבא פרידה בת עזרא‬ ‫אברה ב שמואל‬ Abraham Leichtberg Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Betty & Irving Wizenfeld in memory of Betty’s Parents, Tobias & Esther Spira
‫טוביה ב צבי אלימל‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכה‬ Irv ‘s father, Sam Wizenfeld ‫שמואל מאיר ב יצחק הכה‬

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Fran & Gene Wittenberg in memory of Fran’s father, œvi ben Yitœcha Meir HaCohen
‫צבי ב יצחק מאיר הכה‬

& Gene’s father, inyamin ben Moshe
‫בנימי ב משה‬

Kiddush Supplement Jeremy & Ann Pava In memory of Ann’s father, Harvey Baidack
‫צבי הרשל יעקב‬

Seudah Shlishit Supplement In Memory of Al Weisel 5770 Candy Man: Gil Fried

WANT TO JOIN THE LISTSERVE? If you are interested in subscribing to the yiwhevents listserve, send an e-mail to webmaster@youngisraelwh.org and he will add your name. If you are a member of the group, you can send an e-mail to the entire group by addressing your e-mail to yiwhevents@yahoogroups.com

YIWH Schedule of Services April 8th - 15th, 2011 Shabbat Parshat Metœora

IT IS EASY TO SPONSOR A KIDDUSH OR SEUDAH SHLISHIT

FRIDAY, April 8th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting SHA A, April 9th Rabbi Sheinkopf’s Mishna rura Class Shacharit Sof Zman Kriat Shma Shabbat Morning Youth Groups Rabbi Weinberg’s Shabbat Afternoon Class - Repeat of “Navigating Your Way Through Pesach Preparations” Mincha Followed by Seudah Shlishit Shabbat Ends & Maariv SUNDAY, April 10th - THURSDAY, April 14th Earliest allit & efillin Shacharit...Sunday Shacharit...Monday - Thursday Mincha/Maariv @ YIWH FRIDAY, April 15th Shacharit Mincha/Maariv Candle Lighting

6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:05 p.m.

8:00a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:38 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 6:50 p.m. 8:06 p.m.

5:28 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 6:45 a.m. 7:10 p.m.

Shul handles set up & Clean up! Contact Judie Patel at 236-4178 or judiep@gmail.com to check the availability of the date you need & call Fran Wittenberg 860-232-2320 to make the arrangements for the type of Kiddush you want to sponsor. Checks need to be received the Sunday prior to your Kiddush date. Send to David Cohen at 19 Mansfield Avenue. There are three types of Kiddushim: Standard for $150, Semi-Deluxe for $250 & Deluxe for $350 With supplements available. For Seudah Shlishit contact Stan Rutstein at 232-3369 KIDDUSH SCHEDULE

6:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:12 p.m.

Check out the weekly Schedule on the YIWH Website http://go.youngisraelwh.org/timesTimes from: www.ou.org/holidays/calendar For Eruv Information: twitter.com/WHartfordEruv or go.youngisraelwh.org/eruv (Hotline - 860-232-6417)

Ner La’Maor Lights Judy & Sam Leichtberg and Batsheva Goldfischer in memory of their parents and grandparents, ‫ישראל ב דוד‬ Israel Weiss Frida Weiss ‫טויבא פרידה בת עזרא‬ ‫אברה ב שמואל‬ Abraham Leichtberg Yayin l’ Kiddush Ve'Havdalah Wine for Kiddush & Havdallah Betty & Irving Wizenfeld in memory of Betty’s Parents, Tobias & Esther Spira
‫טוביה ב צבי אלימל‬ ‫אסתר בת דוד הכה‬ Irv ‘s father, Sam Wizenfeld ‫שמואל מאיר ב יצחק הכה‬

Pat La’Orchim Challah rolls for Seudah Shlishit Fran & Gene Wittenberg in memory of Fran’s father, œvi ben Yitœcha Meir HaCohen
‫צבי ב יצחק מאיר הכה‬

& Gene’s father, inyamin ben Moshe
‫בנימי ב משה‬

Kiddush Supplement Jeremy & Ann Pava In memory of Ann’s father, Harvey Baidack
‫צבי הרשל יעקב‬

Seudah Shlishit Supplement In Memory of Al Weisel 5770 Candy Man: Gil Fried

WANT TO JOIN THE LISTSERVE? If you are interested in subscribing to the yiwhevents listserve, send an e-mail to webmaster@youngisraelwh.org and he will add your name. If you are a member of the group, you can send an e-mail to the entire group by addressing your e-mail to yiwhevents@yahoogroups.com

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